Hike Angels Landing at Night

Angels Landing

Amazing night views of Zion National Park. See the park with no crowds. Five-mile roundtrip hike.

Angel's Landing is one of the most popular hikes in all of Zion National Park and for good reason. It offers great views of the main canyon and at 5 miles roundtrip it is the perfect length for a great day hike, or a great night hike. Hiking Angel's Landing during the day is breathtaking and even more so after the sun goes down.

To get to the Angel's Landing trailhead from the main entrance, follow the road until you get to the junction, turn in to the main canyon, and go until you reach the Grotto. Park in any of the lots in the area. From there, cross the river, turn right, and follow the paved path up the massive monolith. You'll be hiking up hill most of the way and will pass through Refrigerator Canyon and up Walter's Wiggles before reaching the saddle which is two miles in. Once at the saddle turn right and follow the signs another half mile to the landing.

During the day, almost year round, Angel's Landing is packed with hikers. At night though, the trail is basically empty even though it's in a central area of the park. Plan your night hike around the moon and weather. You'll want the trail to be dry and the moon to be full and bright so you can get the best views of the park. From the top you'll be able to look up and down both sides of the canyon and out over the lodge. The best part is that you'll likely see no one so enjoy the solitude.

During peak months only the park's shuttle's are allowed in the canyon unless you get a special permit or are staying at the lodge. On non peak months, when the park is a little more empty, you can drive up the canyon and park at the Grotto trailhead, which is where the Angel's Landing trail starts. Call ahead to check the shuttle schedule. Find a time when you can drive in the canyon and park at the Grotto.

Hiking at night is a little different than during the day. Things look different and there's a different feel to being out in nature when you should be sleeping. Although most of this trail is paved and smooth it can still be dangerous, especially the last half mile to the landing—it seems like every year there is a death on this hike and really it comes down to not being prepared. Bring a good headlamp with extra batteries, proper clothing, good shoes, and enough water. If you slip or take a wrong step because you can't see, there is a real chance you could die. Honestly, you should probably do this hike in the day time before heading up in the dark.

At the trailhead there will be plenty of parking. There's a bathroom that is open all night and also a few water spigots to fill bottles up before you start your hike.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Good headlamp with extra batteries
  • Good shoes
  • Snacks
  • Camera/Tripod
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RT Distance 5 Miles
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Advanced
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildlife

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Unforgettable at night!

This hike really is so busy during the day but we were pleasantly surprised to find it empty as the sun started to set. In August the walls of the canyon glowed orange as the sun went down and then the Milky Way came out!

Amazing Views

So I did this underestimating the hike because of the sidewalk that is paved most of the way. It was icy , snow at the top and I was in beat up old tennies. I have to admit it was not nighttime but it was slick and therefore dangerous but So so beautiful.

At Night! So Amazing.

We came and did this on a lunar eclipse, breathtaking! Unforgettable experience. I really want to go back and do this again. Make sure you take proper headlamps, and extra! Plenty of water, and jacket too! Even in summertime. Night time you miss the crowds, it's silent besides the breeze and nocturnal creatures. So amazing!


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